Welcome to Volume 4 Number 2 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
I have never been good at New Years resolutions for some reason. Maybe I don't have that stick to it attitude or something, I don't know. For the longest time I would try and develop a plan and stick to it, but over the course of the year it would slowly fall off as life and situations changed. I have always found it hard to state at the beginning of the year that I know where this year will take me and to make those arrangements. I have often found that my life and world change greatly from January to December and so do my habits, patterns and values.
We spent some time this past week talking about and reflecting on our Baptism. What I find to be a wonderful understanding of our baptism is that because of our Baptism we are made new each and every day. Each and every day we are washed clean and we die and rise again in Christ. If we approach each day with that in mind then there isn't a day that goes by that is inconsequential or meaningless. Each and every day we are living into new realities that are made possible because of our Baptism and God working in our lives still.
Atleast for me, I have found this helpful not in my New Year's resolutions but in my Baptismal resolutions. I am reminded that each day is a day of purpose and meaning. That each day I am working to be a follower of Christ, learning to live and walk in his footsteps. Each day then I awaken with a new purpose for responding to the world as Christ would have. Of course each day I am not fully able to live into that work, I am tired and exhausted and overwhelmed by the end of the day, the weight of the day and the weight of the world rests heavy on me. But I know that because of God's promises me to that I am not alone or abandoned and that I will before made new and washed clean because of my Baptism. This allows me each and every day to take on the call to be a disciple of Jesus.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: The friends and family of Jerry Carley, the friends and family of Scott, Shirley P., Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
New Week of Prayer for Christian Unity- Every year there is a week where congregations of all varieties come together for a week of prayer. We will be joining together with our neighboring congregations to celebrate on January 21st at 5pm. We will be having a potluck dinner over at Holy Family followed by a worship service in their sanctuary. There will be fellowship, conversation, prayer, activities for the kids and more so plan on joining us!
New Church Photos- On January 28th we will be taking updated photos of people from the community. It has been a few years since we have taken new photos for the congregation, so come prepared.
Annual Meeting!- January 28th after the 9:30 a.m. worship service will be our annual meeting. We will be hearing reports from the past year and voting on the budget for 2018. All members are encouraged to be there but all are welcome regardless of membership to join in the conversation around what we are doing here at Holy Trinity. Keep an eye on the mail for an announcement and agenda.
New Momentary Humans---A Photography Exhibit- We are excited to announce a new gallery by Taran Nadler here at Holy Trinity. Last year we hosted his first gallery and he is back with another installation. The opening will be on February 8th from 5-8pm. Hope you can join us!
Lutheran World Relief- Thanks to each and everyone of you we reached our $500 goal for our Goat Fund. Each year we collect money to send to Lutheran World Relief for farm animals for communities around the world. The Council will be discussing what configuration of goats, pigs, chickens and more to be sending with the money. If you have any input be sure to chat with a Council Member.
Souper Bowl Sunday- In just a few short weeks Souper Bowl Sunday will be here! Since 1990 non-profits like Churches have been using the last Sunday in January as a massive in-gathering of canned goods and money for community food pantries. We will be gathering our cans on January 28th, so if you are able grab a few extra non-perishable food items and bring them to church over the next few weeks and we will take them over to the food pantry at St. Mark's after our worship on the 28th.
What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings on January 31st at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm. We will be talking this month about the intersection of patriotism and faith. We will be using this article as a conversation starter, but do not feel that you have to read it in-order to attend.
Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.
Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership. We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate. If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role. There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions.
Holy Trinity Vitality Survey- The Oregon Synod is beginning the process of planning for the future of the church and Synod. Part of that process is a survey that congregations are being asked to participate in. This is a tool for us as a congregation to hear about our strengths and weaknesses so that we are better able to meet the needs of our members and communities. April is heading up the survey process so see her for a survey and for updates on the process.
Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ? we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument. Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.
Holy Trinity Supper Club- This month our Supper Club will be a joining together with our neighbors for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Our next Supper Club and Holden Evening Prayer will be in February. Bring something to share and after the meal we will have worship.
Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm. Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.). On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held. Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.
Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless. Be part of a success story. Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
Bible Study on Matthew- Our Gospel readings this year comes from the Gospel of Matthew, so why not take a deeper dive into the book. Join us Tuesday mornings at 10 here at Holy Trinity for a study on Matthews Gospel. We will join together in prayer, conversation, scripture and fellowship during our time together. This will be an 8 session course, which you can attend as you are able our next gathering will be on January 9th, 16th and 30th.
If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.
There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community. If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland. Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.
We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock. At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service. Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence. It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced. If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.
Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence! It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th. So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 1/15-19
Monday- Church office closed for MLK Day, On call if needed
Tuesday- Matthew Bible Study in the am- text study at noon
Wednesday- around church or SE
Thursday- around church or SE
Friday- sermon writing, on call if needed